Prospect Watch: Cole and Taillon Struggle, Holmes Continues to Dominate


A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the mid-season update.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (2-4, 4.85) - 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Bradenton (5-7, 4.37) - 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

3. Starling Marte, CF, Indianapolis (.286) - 1-for-4, 2B – Promoted to the Majors

4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.318) - DNP

5. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.274) - Low-A DL

6. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 1.85) -  DNP

7. Jeff Locke, LHP, Indianapolis (7-5, 3.01) - DNP

8. Gregory Polanco, CF, West Virginia (.323) - 0-for-4

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP, Altoona (3-4, 4.19) - DNP

10. Nick Kingham, RHP, West Virginia (3-7, 5.26) - DNP

11. Justin Wilson, LHP, Indianapolis (8-4, 4.06) - DNP

12. Tony Sanchez, C, Indianapolis (.233) – 0-for-3, RBI

13. Bryan Morris, RHP, Indianapolis (2-2, 2.59) –  DNP

14. Mel Rojas, CF, Bradenton (.253) - DNP

15. Wyatt Mathisen, C, GCL Pirates (.308) - 1-for-3

16. Barrett Barnes, CF, State College (.283) - 1-for-4

17. Alex Dickerson, 1B, Bradenton (.289) - 0-for-3, BB

18. Clay Holmes, RHP, State College (4-1, 0.80) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

19. Matt Curry, 1B, Altoona (.306) - 0-for-3

20. Zack Von Rosenberg, RHP, West Virginia (3-3, 4.03) - DNP



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Top Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4-1, 0.80) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.273) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Home Runs: Carlos Mesa (3), Jose Osuna (12), Elias Diaz (3), Dan Gamache (3), Henrry Rosario (1)



Box Score

Result: Pawtucket 4, Indianapolis 2

Starting Pitcher: Rick VandenHurk, RHP (9-3, 3.55) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, LF (.286) – 1-for-4, 2B

Other Notable Performers

Matt Hague, DH (.300) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.



Box Score

Result: Reading 6, Altoona 1

Starting Pitcher: Gerrit Cole, RHP (2-4, 4.85) – 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Brock Holt, SS (.317) – 2-for-4

Other Notable Performers

Adalberto Santos, RF (.391) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Altoona was held to three hits on the night, with two coming from Brock Holt. Gerrit Cole has been a bit unlucky in his last two starts. He has combined to give up nine hits in 10.1 innings, but has allowed eight runs, five of them earned. He’s struck out ten and walked five in those outings.



Box Score

Result: St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 5

Starting Pitcher:  Jameson Taillon, RHP (4.37) – 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Carlos Mesa, LF (.217) – 1-for-4, HR

Other Notable Performers

Kirk Singer, 3B (.265) – 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI

Game Notes: Jameson Taillon struggled tonight. He got back on track with his strikeouts, getting six in six innings. That was the first time he struck out a batter an inning since June 8th. He gave up four runs on eight hits. In nine starts since the beginning of June, he has a 5.47 ERA in 51 innings, with a 36:16 K/BB ratio. Carlos Mesa hit his third homer for Bradenton.



Box Score

Result: West Virginia 4, Greensboro 2

Starting Pitcher: Zack Dodson, LHP (5-6, 5.07) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Dan Gamache, 2B (.273) – 2-for-4, 2B, HR

Other Notable Performers

Elias Diaz, C (.202) – 1-for-3, HR

Jose Osuna, 1B (.275) – 1-for-4, HR

Game Notes: Jose Osuna hit his 12th homer of the year. Dan Gamache hit his third homer of the year. Elias Diaz also hit his third homer of the year. Junior Sosa stole two bases, giving him 20 on the season. In his last four starts, Zack Dodson has allowed four earned runs in 23 innings, with a 17:7 K/BB ratio. Ryan Hafner was moved to the bullpen for tonight’s game. He pitched a shutout inning, but walked one.



Box Score

Result: State College 2, Connecticut 0

Starting Pitcher: Clay Holmes, RHP (4-1, 0.80) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Tyler Gaffney, RF (.326) – 3-for-3, 2 BB

Other Notable Performers

Jacob Stallings, C (.291) – 2-for-4, 2B

Game Notes: Clay Holmes has gone five innings without giving up an earned run in six of his seven starts this year. In his previous three starts he gave up just one hit each. Tonight he gave up three hits. On the season he has an 0.80 ERA in 33.2 innings, with a 23:13 K/BB ratio and just 16 hits allowed. Tyler Gaffney has a .326/.530/.500 line in 46 at-bats. Jacob Stallings now has a seven game hitting streak.



Box Score

Result: Tigers 4, Pirates 2

Starting Pitcher: Tyler Glasnow, RHP (0-3, 2.84) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jin-De Jhang, DH (.292) – 2-for-4, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Wyatt Mathisen, C (.308) – 1-for-3

Game Notes: Tyler Glasnow has a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings, with a 19:8 K/BB ratio. In his last three outings he has combined for 10.1 innings without an earned run, along with an 11:4 K/BB ratio and five hits allowed.



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Box Score

Result: Pirates 4, Yankees 0

Starting Pitcher: Mervin Del Rosario, LHP (2-2, 3.89) – 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Danny Arribas, DH (.268) – 2-for-4, 2B



Box Score

Result: Pirates 8, Mets 7

Starting Pitcher: Luis Rico, LHP (6.53) – 3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Henrry Rosario, LF (.233) – 1-for-2, HR, 3 BB

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  • Bryan Graham

    Who would of thought the 2 pitching prospects putting up dominant numbers this year would be Clay Holmes and Luis Heredia at 17 years old? Yes, I still have faith in Cole and Taillon, just saying though.

    • Lee Young

      Agree, but I sure wish Cole and JT would start pitching better.

      • buccotime57

        This round of prep pitchers appear to be doing better than the 09 ones

  • st1300b

    I absolutely am real high on Holmes though. I was really looking forward to SC season to start to see him, but at this rate you would think that they have to be looking to move him up a level.

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